Have You Seen This Year’s Caldecott and Newbery Winners?

The Caldecott and Newbery winning books for 2010 were announced just a few weeks ago.  There’s always a lot of talk surrounding these awards, since they’re the most prestigious ones for children’s literature.

Not sure about the history behind these awards or what exactly they’re for?  How about a short overview?

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

These awards are very important, but they can also be fun…librarians like to make a game out of guessing who will win the Caldecott and Newbery every year.  Some of us get it right, but  most of us are dead wrong…and quite honestly, sometimes the winners surprise us.  But it’s all in good fun, and for the winners, it’s a lifetime of recognition and respect.

This year’s Caldecott winner is:

The Lion and Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

It’s a beautiful, nearly-wordless adaptation of the Aesop fable.  Jerry Pinkney has been illustrating books for decades and this is his first Caldecott Medal.

This year’s Newbery winner is:

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Stead’s novel is a genre-buster…a complex mystery, historical fiction, and a story of friendship.  Readers have been asking for this book since the award was announced and we’ve heard nothing but excellent things about it!

Interested in either of these books, or any of the other 2010 Award Winners? You can check our catalog for the Caldecott and Newbery winners by clicking on the links below the book covers; you can also check our catalog by visiting mrcpl.org for any of these other spectacular books (or anything else that you want!), give us a call, or stop in to see your favorite librarians!

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